MEDINA — Workers from Columbia Gas will attempt to restore a gas service early next week on South Court Street where a historic building partially collapsed Monday.
Eighteen customers, which include a handful of businesses, have been without service along the street since the partial collapse.
“We will attempt on Monday to charge the line back up,” Columbia spokesman Bill Loomer said. “We’ll see if it holds pressure. If it holds pressure, (we) will turn on the (gas service) temporarily for the customers until the main line goes in.”
He didn’t say how long gas would remain off on the block if the line can’t be re-energized Monday, but it could be a week or more, a city employee said.
When the building that houses Gardener’s Cottage, 226 S. Court St., partially collapsed, Loomer said Columbia Gas and the Medina Fire Department decided to cut the gas line.
“It was a joint decision by the fire department and Columbia Gas,” he said.
“It was directly in the fall zone. There was concern the whole thing was going to come down. Safety was at the top of everyone’s mind.
“It’s all about safety — for the crews, residents and customers.”
Loomer said the gas company has been in “constant communication” with the city.
The service has been halted on South Court Street, between Washington Street and Smith Road, just off Public Square.
If the gas company has to replace the main line, part of South Court Street will have to be dug up and a line will have to run from West Smith Road to 226 S. Court. There would be parking restrictions and traffic delays if that work was to be done. The city would send out an alert about when construction would begin.
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